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Unread 02-14-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
SylvesterCat
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Steering Since being in 4x4

We had some packed snow the other day and put it in 4x4 full and drove about 10 miles and then put it back to normal on way home (roads were clear by then). However we now have a lingering problem. The steering wont make sharp turns now (you go 3/4 of the way into middle lane when turning into a right lane for instance) Its "jerky" when making turns. Anyone got some ideas. We have tried reputting it into 4x4 and things and back and it wont fix things.


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Unread 02-15-2013, 12:15 AM   #2
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Seems like it's still suck in 4wd. Mine does it all the time. When you go in/out of 4wd go in reverse, put it in neutral and coast a little. Then stop put it in/out of 4wd while in neutral. After that put it in drive give it a little gas then put it back in neutral then back in drive. You can usually feel it/hear it come out. That's what I do and it always works. The reverse and neutral part is the most important because it unbinds the teeth in the transfer case.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 04:49 AM   #3
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The NV 242 Selectrac is a great transfer case but has some quirks you have to be aware of. For one, the tires should be the same size, brand and inflation pressure. Next, they shift best when you are driving over 20 mph, in a straight line. If you are going too slow or turning when you shift it will hang up in part time. Last it helps to lube all the the pivots for the shift linkage with motor oil.

Shifting into 4x4, hold it against the stop in the linkage and let off the gas. You can feel it pop in. Shifting back to 2wd, let off the gas.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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For one, the tires should be the same size, brand and inflation pressure.
You would be suprised how sensitive the transfer case can be. I had a cherokee that one of the rim beads leaked and if the tire was 5-6 psi low the transfer case would give me fits. Stop in some mud or snow and mash the gas. Spin the tires and the transfer case should shift back to 2wd.
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Unread 02-19-2013, 06:42 AM   #5
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after some driving around on the side road .. we finally got it to pop out of 4wd that was a pain. Its never been that tough before but now shes purring back to normal. Thanks all.
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Unread 02-19-2013, 05:20 PM   #6
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change the fluid and adjust the linkage now.
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